How to Re-Download Lion From the Mac App Store

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Macworld points out that with the launch of OS X Mountain Lion today, Apple has seemingly removed OS X Lion from the Mac App Store. However, users can re-download it -- and then create a Recovery USB Key -- if they have already purchased it.


    Customers who never purchased Lion are out of luck as far as the App Store goes, though the OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive is still available via the Apple Online Store for $69.

    Article Link: How to Re-Download Lion From the Mac App Store
  2. macrumors 68040

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    so with ML, OS updates will be done through the MAS right? So when ML gets removed with the release of 10.9 does that mean no more updates?
  3. macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2012
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2010
    They'll probably just hide the purchase link like they did with Lion :p You can still get updates, just like you always have, without actually needing to go into the apps' individual page; it will just show up in the software update location.
  5. macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2007
    New York City & South Florida
    I don't have Mountain Lion yet as I'm still awaiting my upgrade key, but I'm sure that whenever 10.9 is released, 10.8 users will still be able to get updates through the App Store. They can't just leave older users out in the cold.
  6. macrumors 68020

    Sep 23, 2008
    Very strange decision if you ask me. Since the App Store is the only place where you can get Lion, people with systems that haven’t been upgraded before and are not eligible for Mountain Lion are basically stuck, unless they get it from other sources. Is this Apple’s way of saying ‘we don’t care about you anyway’? Even this option-click method to download it again appears to be more than a hidden way than an obvious solution, clearly to prevent inexperienced users from finding it. It feels as if Apple is trying to cut the cords as much as possible.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2012
    Need Help Finding Lion

    Hi i have tried the above method and it is not working for me. osx Lion is not coming up when i press the option key and click purchases.

    just before installing mountain lion i accidentally clicked the cross next to the osx lion download button in the purchased apps section. now i can't find osx lion anywhere.

    As i did pay for it i would like to make a copy of it just in case i ever need it.
    can someone please help.

    thank you,
  8. macrumors 68020

    Sep 23, 2008
    Go to the main page of the App Store and log in to your account (the link on the right hand side). There you find an option under iTunes in the Cloud to view hidden purchases. You can unhide it there.
  9. macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    sorry for the dumb question...
    How do I get Mountain Lion with Snow Leopard? Will I get charged for Lion when I buy Mountain Lion then?
  10. macrumors member

    Dec 5, 2011
    New Hampshire
    I still have the OS X Lion available as a download in my Purchases list. But this whole thing is screwed up. I usually skip to every other OS, so I was planning to upgrade from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion. Luckily, two weeks ago, I found out that my older Mac couldn't run Mountain Lion, so I hurried up and bought Lion because I suspected Apple would pull it from the App Store, leaving me with no way to purchase it. It's not like the old days of hard discs where you go on to eBay or amazon and still find old but still brand new OS's for sale. I'll bet there will be others like me in the coming weeks who think they're going to buy Mountain Lion, but when the find out it can't run on their Macs, they're going to be stuck. I think that if Apple is only going to make its software available in the App Store, they should have a special "clearance bin" section of older versions at discount prices for people who don't have the hardware to purchase the latest version.
  11. macrumors 65816

    Glassed Silver

    Mar 10, 2007
    Kassel, Germany
    Snow Leopard is the least version you can upgrade from, so you're golden.
    Just go to the Mac App Store, purchase Lion at the standard price and off you go. :cool:

    Glassed Silver:mac
  12. macrumors 6502


    Jan 8, 2007
    That's not how that works. The OS updates that will come through the Mac App Store are not the same as regular app updates. I believe they are the same updates that would normally come through Software Update, just integrated into the App Store app instead. The "Mountain Lion" item you buy from the MAS is the OS installer; the installer will likely get updated for new versions of the OS, but that will be separate from the OS updates themselves.
    (This is just my intuition based on what I've seen; I don't know 100% how it works.)
  13. macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
  14. macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2012
    Thanks alot mate.
  15. macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2008
    I agree. I was playing with the wife's Macbook (Early 2008) last night and decided to check the requirements for ML. When I found out it wasn't supported, something in me told me to get Lion while I can, had a suspicion Apple would pull it. Glad I did.

    Also, it's showing up in my "Purchases" tab. Downloading it now on my MBP (still running SL) and throwing it on my server at work for safe keeping.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2010
    Looks like they pulled the OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive too. Contrary to what the article states.
  17. macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    Lion got pulled from the App Store:

    Doesn't tell me how much I would pay. I doubt it I would pay only $19.99 to go from SL to Mountain Lion.
  18. macrumors regular


    Jul 28, 2010
    Tilton, NH.
    Does anyone agree with me that this makes sense, as it reduces consumer confusion?
  19. macrumors 68020

    Sep 23, 2008
    I find that argument unconvincing. There would have been other methods to make customers aware of the difference, like an overview page or a pop up if customers attempt to download it, although they could get Mountain Lion instead. They could also just hide it entirely when the App Store detects that the customer’s Mac is capable of running Mountain Lion. These are all other options Apple could have taken to ensure that customers get the latest software, but don’t leave existing customers with Snow Leopard.
  20. macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2010

    Makes perfect sense, if "planned obsolescence" is your sales model.
  21. macrumors G4

    Oct 23, 2010

    According to Macworld you can get it by calling 1-800-MY-APPLE, although not all the reps there know about the option yet.
  22. macrumors 68030


    Jun 24, 2010
    I don't see Lion in my purchase tab. I got it when I buy MBA, guess I'm out of luck. :mad:
  23. StrudelTurnover, Jul 26, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2012

    macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2008
    No matter what they might call it, selling fresh copies of old software implies that they're obligated to support it. And I bet you'd see lawsuits insisting on it. No consumer expects to have a dead version with security updates if they bought it yesterday from the company what made it.

    And seriously, ML is $20, L was $30, SL was $30. What exactly is a discount price? We're not talking $150 upgrades anymore. It's all hardware subsidies now.

    Finally, because you seem to have forgotten, Apple is the closed sales loop. They have everything to gain from encouraging you upgrade hardware, and no reason to care if you choose not to.

    Isn't there some kind of aftermarket for developer seeded OSX builds? Or did they solve that problem? :)
  24. adrian.oconnor, Jul 26, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 26, 2012

    macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
    Nottingham, England
    If Lion came on your MBA you already have a copy to keep -- in your laptop box you also got a tiny little white USB stick (with a grey Apple logo on it). That's the Lion install 'disc'. If you need to wipe the laptop, stick that in and hold down alt (or 'the option key') while the computer starts up.
  25. cgc
    macrumors 6502a

    May 30, 2003
    Sure, but there's a growing community of people who can't upgrade to OSX 10.8 so OSX 10.7 was a good option.

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